A year after massive sweep, homeless return along Moanalua Stream

Moanalua residents dismayed as homeless return a year after massive sweep

MOANALUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than a year after the city conducted a homeless sweep along the Moanalua Stream, many of them have returned.

Since the last crackdown, homeless campers have erected more than a dozen shelters and tents along Diamond Head side of the stream, behind the city's Keehi Refuse Transfer Station.

Some of the shelters were built on makeshift docks on the mangroves, with one camper even opting to park a boat next to his home.

"(There's) lot of rubbish, a lot of smell," said Michael Allen, a foreman at a nearby business.

"It's like you clean your cupboards and put down your baits and kick out all your ants and roaches out, but they always find their spot to build their nest again," Allen said.

In the last year, he said there have rubbish fires and stolen equipment in the area, as a result of the homeless resettlement.

Allen said things initially improved after the city conducted a sweep last June, which took away more than 150 tons of garbage and refuse. But Allen believes that the city didn't do a thorough enough job, allowing the homeless to creep back in.

The city declined to be interviewed on camera, but officials say there are plans for in motion for another sweep in August.

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